CURRENT: Small Black – “Boys Life”

I first discovered Small Black through Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint, which oversaw the release of Dave Harrington’s remix of the Small Black/Frankie Rose collaboration “Lines of Latitude.” That lush, wispy remix still sounds like a breath of fresh air, and on their latest, “Boys Life,” the group takes essential qualities from that remix and […]

CURRENT: Lianne La Havas – “Green & Gold”

“It seems that I’m where I’m supposed to be,” sings Lianne La Havas on her third prerelease single from Blood, out July 31 via Warner Bros.. Yet “Green & Gold” is not a victory lap; she isn’t running in circles, she’s swimming freestyle. There’s a fluidity to everything here, from the way the beat rolls in, […]

CURRENT: Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”

When I first began writing this blog, Kurt Vile was readying the release of one of the 2013’s best albums, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Now, he’s returning two and a half years later with the hotly anticipated b’lieve i’m goin down. The new set is led by the recently released “Pretty Pimpin”, which finds the one […]

CURRENT: Protomartyr – “Why Does It Shake?”

“Why does it shake? The body, the body, the body,” intones Joe Casey on Protomartyr’s first single from the forthcoming The Agent Intellect. It’s entirely rhetorical, the titular question he asks. The band does what they can to rattle some truths out of the questions they provoke, using their post-punk influences to devastating results. Why does […]

CURRENT: Empress Of – “Kitty Kat”

On Me first single “Kitty Kat,” Empress Of toys with interesting juxtapositions. There’s the industrial-strength beat that opens the track, sounding like the aural equivalent of the steam-punk aesthetic, while Empress Of’s vocals shine like a canary in a cage. “Let me walk away,” she asserts time and time again. Despite her assertions, she’s not denouncing […]

CURRENT: Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”

What Lana Del Rey has accomplished in music is pretty impressive. For an artist with only one radio hit to her name, the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness”, Del Rey has become one of the better album selling artists in the 2010s. Following last year’s turn towards rock ‘n roll on Ultraviolence, LDR slows things […]

CURRENT: Dornik – “Stand in Your Line”

When Dornik first entered the scene on “Something About You,” the one-time drummer for Jessie Ware appeared to have positioned himself nicely for a big time breakthrough. He received co-signs for the single from Ware and fellow PMR label-mates Disclosure, but then he went away, only dropping the occasional single. That all changes with “Stand in […]

CURRENT: Youth Lagoon – “The Knower”

Trevor Powers entered the scene as reclusive bedroom singer-songwriter on his debut The Year of Hibernation. He followed that record with the more expansive 2013 Wondrous Bughouse, and after a move to Bristol, U.K., the now-established artist takes his biggest musical departure as well on “The Knower,” the first single from Youth Lagoon’s forthcoming Savage Hills Ballroom. Powers […]

CURRENT: The Underachievers – “Take Your Place”

Brooklyn rap duo The Underachievers are back with their follow-up to 2012’s Indigoism. Evermore – The Art of Duality is set for release this fall, and today they unleashed that album’s first single, “Take Your Place”. The song finds the duo more lucid than on their dazed debut, and it’s a good look for the group. With Indigoism and […]